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The euro in your pocket

20th anniversary

20 years ago, on 1 January 2002, 12 EU countries introduced euro banknotes and coins. Three years earlier, the first countries had fixed their exchange rates, adopted a shared monetary policy under the European Central Bank, and launched their new common currency on world financial markets.

Today, the euro is the currency of 19 EU countries with more than 340 million people and the second most important currency in the world.

Euro notes and coins are a tangible, everyday reminder of the freedom, convenience and opportunities that the European Union makes possible.

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Facts about the euro

of citizens of euro area countries
Currently close to four out to five (78%) citizens of euro area countries believe that the euro is a good thing for the EU (Eurobarometer – October 2021).
Over 340 million
The euro is shared by over 340 million Europeans in 19 euro area countries. 60 countries and territories outside the euro area, representing 175 million people, have linked their own currencies to the euro either directly or indirectly.
international currency
The euro is the world’s second currency for international payments, borrowing, lending and central bank reserves. Over half of global green bond issuance is denominated in euro.